Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Stories

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Sometimes the best stories are also the most unlikely.

5 comments:

Kristin said...

Not sure why it was 'most unlikely'? I hope this now puts to rest the idea that our country is somehow 'racist' and all things bad that happened to African-Americans were the fault of 'white people.'

Let Obama try his hand at it and see what his constituents think. He promised an awful lot to people. That's going to be nearly impossible to live up to.

I'm curious to see where we'll be in 4 years.

screamwriter said...

I’m not gonna touch that third rail, but I’ll say this...

I don’t consider myself a particularly skilled writer (which explains a lot of my procrastination), but I believe that I make up for it with an ability to see things from different perspectives.

Everyone is caught up in "what it all means", but take race out of the equation for a second. For years to come, people will be studying how a relatively unknown, inexperienced Senator was able to step onto the national stage and soundly defeat far more seasoned politicians. Who would have predicted this a year ago? It’s the stuff movies are made of. That was only my point.

Kristin said...

LOL, screamwriter. I didn't mean to push any political buttons. But I will say this much and then shut up...he was able to win because the press really, really wanted him to win. So, therefore, no dirt was dug up. Period.

I had to laugh at a comment made just a day or two ago by a Newsweek writer who was on some PBS news show. He said, "What do we really know about this guy?" And I was thinking, um, DUDE, that was YOUR job and you failed miserably. I've been wanting to find out more about this guy for months....but you can only find the news on blogs.

That's just sad. Where did our journalists go?

screamwriter said...

Obama has his cheerleaders, but I think media's influence is highly overrated. Advertisers spend billions trying to convince us to watch, eat and buy their products and it rarely works. When presented with a tough choice, people tend to make decisions based on emotion -- then rationalize it after the fact. We have an incredibly unpopular President and a lot of angry voters decided to take it out on his party. That’s what put Obama over the top more than anything else...

kgillenwater said...

That is definitely another reason.

But I can tell you right now, in CA where there are a lot of new Americans from Asia and India, many believe everything that's written in the paper. Older people who are not internet savvy also rely on what they read in print or what is on the 6 o'clock news.

If the paper weren't influential on people's opinions, then we wouldn't have the term 'yellow journalism.'

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